As adults, we have been brushing our teeth for long enough to know when our teeth are clean, right? Wrong! Dentists agree that a proper session of teeth cleaning takes two whole minutes of brushing, and if we honestly ask ourselves, we don’t brush for entire two minutes, do we?
It’s time that we begin to some attention to our daily brushing ritual, and instill the right habit in our kids as early as possible.
When do we teach our kids the right brushing technique? You ask, well the answer is – as soon as they have enough teeth to eat solids. It is necessary to ensure that their milk teeth are clean and healthy, since this will lead to healthy permanent teeth.
Dentists at Denty’s always encourage and preach the right brushing technique to brushing your teeth, which can be read below:
1. Use a soft bristled brush with a small head to reach all the areas in your mouth. An electric tooth brush may by a good option to ensure better cleaning.
2. Brush the outer surfaces of your upper and lower teeth, sweeping away from the gums.
3. Clean the inner surfaces of your upper and lower teeth similarly.
4. Brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth inside your mouth (molars).
5. Brush your tongue for fresh breath.
It’s important to know that you need to change the toothbrush every three or four months, or as soon as the bristles are frayed. Use mild toothpaste for children, as they may not necessarily have a need for particular problem-solving toothpastes. A tooth- paste with the apt fluoride content will help their teeth become strong. Chat with a dentist now to know the best tooth paste for your little one.
After you have learned and understood the proper technique of brushing your teeth, it is time to teach your children, or you could also visit the nearest Denty’s clinic to have a complementary session by our dentists. It might seem like a daunting task to enforce a particular method of cleaning, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be difficult. The key is to start early, and to use a method suitable for your child.
What are the things you need to now while brushing your baby’s teeth? When you begin brushing your baby’s teeth, make sure you are using the correct technique as often as possible. As they grow older, they will notice a particular pattern showing up while brushing. How can you make brushing easy for kids? You can make up a song to enforce the rhythm, and sing while you brush. They will pick up the pattern like any other nursery rhyme, and after a while of repeating, they will sing the song in their mind, and their hands will do the motions accordingly. It’ll be a fun and easy way of teaching your little ones the correct way to keep their teeth clean!
How to teach the right brushing technique to growing children? If your children are older, and have passed the fun and games stage, it may take a bit more planning to get the point across. By the age of six or seven, children understand that some things are more beneficial than others, and will appreciate a sensible explanation about how they should be brushing. You can choose a weekend morning when they wake up in a good mood and explain the proper way of brushing, while brushing along with them.
A Dentist may perhaps calmly explain how the preferred method will give the child better teeth, and highlight the benefits of maintaining oral hygiene. At this age, children become more aware of their appearance, and it may be a good idea to explain how good teeth can benefit them.
Good habits are best taught from an early age. Ensuring oral hygiene is one of the most neglected practices in our daily lives, but when our teeth are under attack, running to the dentist is our immediate reaction. It is vital to teach our children to keep their teeth clean from a young age, so that they can maintain goodoral hygiene as they grow into healthy, responsible young adults.
When a baby is born it is always advisable to breastfeed them. But at times due to unavoidable circumstances mothers opt for bottle feeding. Bottle feeding while being extremely convenient, has its own downside.
With many fussy babies, it has been seen that parents resort to soothing them down with a bottle of formula milk or some fruit juice. These drinks have a high content of sugar in them which can be potentially harmful to the baby’s teeth and can cause baby bottle tooth decay. Dentists generally advise parents against giving their babies sugary drinks while putting them down for a nap or even during night-time. The primary reason behind this is to prevent prolonged exposure of babies’ teeth to sugar. It’s because this sugar is broken down by bacteria in the mouth and converted into acid, which then starts eroding the enamel of the baby’s teeth. Most often the upper teeth are affected, but in some cases, other lower teeth can be affected too.
In many cases it has been seen that the babies who were predominantly fed with bottles tend to have many problems associate with teeth alignment, open bites, cross bites and over bites. This is primarily because the action of suckling milk from a bottle does not require much usage of their jaw muscles.
The best way to prevent baby bottle tooth decay is to limit your child’s time with a bottle, especially at bedtime. Give him a bottle at mealtime, but don’t let him suck on it throughout the day. If sucking is soothing to your child, give him a pacifier. Above all, don’t put him to bed with a bottle (unless it contains nothing but water). Clamping down onto a bottle of juice or milk all night is the ideal way to start decay.
Unfortunately, it has been a popular belief that milk teeth are temporary and have no role in the oral health of a child. This is completely wrong. Milk teeth are vital in not only speech development, food habits but also in the formation of stronger teeth and gums in the coming years! As a parent, one should plan the proper dental to be followed by their children as this form a healthy regime which stays in place for the coming years.
Those shining pearly whites are a sight to see when your little one’s laughing and smiling. Keeping them strong and sturdy is very important. Babies, like toddlers and adults are susceptible to dental problems. It’s a common misconception that these are only milk teeth, they will fall off. But it is important to understand that these teeth will be present for at-least 6-7 years in your child’s mouth and they need to be strong. Following a dentist’s advice and taking a few easy precautions will help you prevent oral problems for your little one; we best advice to consult a dentist.
Babies unlike adults need more attention to their gums. Stronger gums give way to stronger and sturdier teeth. Many studies and research comparing breast fed and bottle fed babies have shown that a breast fed baby is less likely to be prone to dental problems in the future.
The benefits of breastfeeding are mostly attributed to the breast milk, as it has the required nutrients for an infant to grow. Now it is said to believe that even the act of breastfeeding is extremely beneficial for the babies. As the baby is required to suckle the milk, it stimulates the jaw muscle more than what is required when bottle fed, in turn strengthening the baby’s jaw muscles.
It has also been seen that babies, who have exclusively been breastfed in comparison to the ones who have had exposure to pacifiers and bottles are less likely to have any misalignment in their dental structure. Open bites, cross bites and over bites are a few examples of commonly occurring dental issues in infants.
Another benefit of exclusive breastfeeding, is a reduced risk of baby bottle tooth decay, the frequent, prolonged exposure of the baby’s teeth to drinks that contain sugar. This type of tooth decay often occurs when a baby is put to bed with a bottle – even ones containing milk-formula, milk or fruit juice. This way the teeth are bathed in sugary liquids for a prolonged time. This most often occur in the upper front teeth, but other teeth may also be effected.
But this does not mean that breastfed babies cannot be prone to dental problems. It is hence important to know how to take care of your babies’ teeth and gums. After every feeding, burping the baby is important as this decreases the chance of liquid pooling in their mouth. Also you should wipe their gums with a wet soft cloth or a gauze. Once they start teething brush their teeth with pea sized amount of non-fluoride toothpaste.
Get oral health through foods!
Yes, there are some of the high nutrition food which should be consumed regularly for a better result on your gum health and teeth.
Calcium Fortified foods: Milk, calcium-fortified and other dairy products are rich in vitamin-D and calcium, it helps in development of healthy bones and teeth and also reduces the risk for tooth loss. Powdered milk or milk powder can be used in cooked dishes and also be helpful for those people who don’t drink milk or consume any dairy products.
Cheese: Most of us love cheese, but all we get to hear is that cheese is unhealthy and fattening. A cube of cheese not on regular basis though, helps the gum as they are enriched with calcium. Calcium blends with the plaque and to the teeth, securing and protecting them from the acid which decomposes the teeth. Cheese also helps in reconstructing tooth enamel on the spot.
Fruits & Veggies: Intake of fruits and vegetables like carrots, grapes, beetroot, celery helps in cleaning plaque from teeth. The nutrients and antioxidant vitamins from fruits and vegetables help in protecting the gums and other tissues from damaging cells and other bacterial infections.
Dwarf shrubs like cranberries, blueberries and strawberries helps in not forming plaque around the teeth which in-turn helps in fighting with oral bacteria.
Folic acid, an important acid for our mouth promotes healthy mouth and also supports cell growth throughout the body. This acid belongs to the B vitamin family and is found in green leafy vegetables and brewer’s vest and therefore it is advised to consume green leafy vegetables as much as possible.
Are you worried that your little one is not yet getting permanent teeth?
Every milestone in a child’s growth process is a big one for parents. Among them all, the popping out of their first pearly white tooth is one of the most adored. One by one, as their teeth slowly begin to grow out, we take pride in how our child’s gummy smile has evolved into a toothy grin and proudly ask them to “Say Cheese!” before every picture.
But there comes a time when those little milk teeth begin to fall out, leaving little gaps to make place for new, and permanent teeth. The wait for new teeth to come in seems endless. As parents, we tend to be anxious about everything concerning our child. The simple fact that a child’s permanent teeth are taking seemingly forever to grow out, is enough to send a parent frantically running to the dentist.
Normally, when a child’s milk tooth falls out, permanent tooth should grow in its place within six months. Some dentists consider waiting for up to twelve months, in order to allow the body to develop naturally on its own.
In some cases, it may take an unusually long time for the permanent teeth to grow back. There are several reasons why this delay could occur. A dentist will be in the best position to take a close look at the teeth and give advice, however we share some most common reasons.
It is normal for children’s milk teeth to fall out from age five at the earliest to seven at the latest. If you or your spouse have had a delay in your permanent teeth growing out, chances are, your child’s teeth will develop at a similar slower pace.
You may notice that your son’s permanent teeth are growing out much slower than your daughter’s. This may simply be because, as is with most developmental milestones, girls’ have a lead in growth and development. Thus, girls’ permanent teeth usually grow out faster than boys’ do.
One of the most common causes of delayed permanent tooth eruption are obstructions caused by existing milk teeth that haven’t fallen out yet. New teeth are formed but have no space to grow because the milk teeth are still in their place. Sometimes this may cause the permanent teeth to grow out in front of or behind the existing tooth, in an irregular formation.
Children who have habits such as thumb-sucking or pushing their tongue against their gums may also have problems when it comes to the growth of their permanent teeth. It is advisable to help children drop these habits at an early age.
Swelling in the gums, caused by vitamin C deficiency or hereditary issues, could make it difficult for new teeth to grow out. This situation may require a visit to your dentist in order to reduce the swelling via supplements or medication.
Depending on the age of the child, dentists can design a treatment plan. The required plan of action may be as simple as waiting for a certain time period to allow the tooth to grow out naturally. In case of an obvious physical obstruction by a milk tooth, the dentist may need to surgically remove the tooth that hasn’t fallen out yet.
Waiting for a tooth to grow out may be a difficult time for you and maybe even your child. Due to social factors such as social acceptance and approval from his peers, it may test your child’s patience to wait for the growth to occur. It is still advisable though, to let nature run is course before trying to interfere with any procedures that may be unnecessary.
Remember, every child is different. Some may need time for their teeth to grow, while others need professional help to clear the path for them. As long as your child ends up with a bright and shining smile, you have nothing to worry about.
There are foods that have numerous good effects on your gums and your teeth. Here is the list of some nutritional tips which helps us protect our teeth and take good care of them.
1) As they say, an apple a day keeps a doctor away. But many a times, we peel the apple and eat it, but consuming an apple with its skin will help us in cleaning our dental apparatus.
2) Dates have high natural fluoride content in it. So even if a date piece is stuck in your gums, it will not damage the enamel rather secures it.
3) To clean our teeth properly, we do get cleaning twig. This twig is taken from a plant called as Salvadora persica. When it is chewed upon and used as brush or used for brushing the teeth, gums, tongue and palate, it strengthens the gums and reduces harmful bacteria. They also release some kind of sugar alcohol called as natural xylitol, also found in some fruits and vegetables which is immensely beneficial not only to the teeth but also to the mouth as a whole.
4) Chewing of raw sugar chunks not only strengthens the teeth, gums and jaws but also naturally cleans the oral cavity.
5) Diluted apple cider vinegar in the ratio of 1:3 is very useful for mouthwash. At the same time, if consumed on daily basis can be harmful for mouth as it has strong effect, so we advise to use it three times a week not more than that.
After a long wait, you finally see your baby’s first tooth emerge from their gums. Slowly over the next couple of months or years, their gummy smile will be replaced by a sparkling set of baby teeth. These teeth, however, small they may be, are very important, as they act as the placeholder for the adult teeth. So keeping them healthy and decay free is vital.
A common question that every parent has is “when to buy a toothbrush for my baby?” Many dentists recommend buying them as soon as you see your baby’s first tooth. Having said that, it’s important to have the right oral care regime in place before you start, a dentist will demonstrate best on hoe to ensure good oral health in babies. While you can start the regime well before they start teething and use a damp cloth to gently wipe your baby’s gum and once they start sprouting teeth you can graduate to using a toothbrush. While buying a toothbrush for your little one, keep in mind that they should have a small head, soft bristles and a longer body for your baby to hold on to.
How to teach the child to brush properly? To begin with, start assisting your children while they brush their teeth as they are new to this and wouldn’t be able clean their teeth properly. You can also show them how it is done when you brush your teeth. Using toothpaste is not a necessity in the beginning as at times they are unable to spit out the toothpaste. But, as they grow up and are able to spit out properly, you should start using the right toothpaste.
Usually, a smear of toothpaste is more than sufficient for them. By the time they reach 6 years of age they should be more or less ready to brush their teeth all by themselves. Once your child has the full set of baby teeth then you can also start flossing between them to remove any stuck food particle.
As the saying goes prevention is better than cure, it is thus essential to maintain a good oral health for your kid right from the beginning. This way their beautiful smiles are never turned upside down!
When we think about a new-born, we have always pictured a gummy smile sans teeth. But what we don’t know is that at birth, the crowns of the 20 baby teeth are almost completely formed. They are hidden from plain sight by the baby’s jawbones. The teething process generally starts at four to six months of age. This is undoubtedly a very important and exciting milestone for any parent.
Many babies have their first tooth when they are as old as six months. While, some babies might not have even started teething until they are as old as 8 months. This shouldn’t be a cause for worry. Some babies develop faster than others. However you should visit a dentist with your baby to know if there are any unusual reasons to the delay.
Once your baby has finally started teething, you can then expect the teeth to come in a certain order (not always the same). They generally appear in pairs, starting with two front bottom ones followed by the two upper front teeth. Then come the ones on the side, followed by the first molars and finally the two teeth next to the top front teeth. By the time your baby is 3 years old, he/she will have a full set of 20 baby teeth.
Different babies have different reactions to the teething process. The most common teething symptoms are drooling, trying to bite things, swollen gums etc. While some just breeze through the entire process and are as calm as a clam, others have teething tantrums. These tantrums majorly include irritability, fussing and refusing to eat or sleep. Few commonly used remedies to soothe the teething troubles is giving cold teething rings, giving them cold apple sauce, etc., a carrot stick etc. However we advise you to consult a dentist on the best and safest ways to soothe the irritation.
When giving anything to your child to gnaw on, it’s best to be there with them. Babies generally bite down very hard. Once the teeth come in they could bite off a small piece of the carrot or apple which can choke them. Also, avoid giving them a teething ring which houses liquid substances in them. These rings can be easily punctured by baby’s sharp teeth and as the liquid flows out, it’ll be ingested by your baby. This liquid is extremely toxic.
It is crucial during this time that you soothe your baby and help them pass this important rite of passage with ease. One should also remember that how small these baby teeth may be, they are extremely crucial for your child’s dental well-being. They are the placeholders for the more permanent adult teeth. Hence it is now that you should start planning a proper dental care for your little one.
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